A Georgia business is requiring employees be armed while on the job.
Lance Toland Associates is an aviation insurance agency with several offices in Georgia. In response to several violent home invasions in the Atlanta area, the owner of the business is now requiring employees be armed while at work. He is even going so far as to purchase them a Taurus Judge handgun after they get a concealed carry license.
Is requiring employees be armed at work a good idea? Watch the video and see what you think about the situation.
Allowing employees to be armed at work and requiring employees be armed at work are two very different propositions. A firearm is only as good as the person using it and if the person is not properly trained or lacks the right mindset to carry a firearm for self-defense, then they probably won’t be effective at defending themselves. In fact, if the person is not trained, they may even be a danger to themselves and to others in the office.
While I applaud the efforts of Mr. Toland to protect his employees, for these reasons, requiring employees be armed at work is an area where I think businesses should tread carefully.
In this particular case, it appears as though the employees are buying into the new company policy and are taking the responsibility of carrying a firearm for protection seriously, which is great.
Additionally, I’m nit-picking here, but the Taurus Judge is also not a handgun I would personally recommend most people carry for self-defense. One of the ladies in the video was carrying a Glock, so it appears as though the company is giving the employees some latitude on exactly which firearm they carry, which is also a good thing.
What do you think? Is requiring employees be armed while at work a good idea or a bad idea?